When should you visit the ER for abdominal pain?

Whether it's causing you mild or severe discomfort, stomach pain can be both frustrating and worrisome. Because it can be a sign of a serious condition, it's important to note additional symptoms and determine if a visit to the emergency room is warranted.

If stomach pain comes on suddenly, or is unusually intense and unrelenting, you should seek care right away. Visit an ER immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • A feeling of lightheadedness or that you might pass out
  • Abdomen is tender to the touch
  • Chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Dark, black stool
  • Fever
  • Inability to keep food down
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Radiating pain into your back
  • Vomiting blood

Certain medical conditions combined with stomach pain require emergency attention

For those with certain medical conditions, abdominal pain can be an indication of a serious issue. If your medical history includes any of these conditions and you are having stomach pain, please seek care immediately:

  • Individuals who have undergone gastric bypass surgery
  • Individuals who have had a recent endoscopy or abdominal surgery
  • Women who are pregnant or might be pregnant
  • Individuals over 45 experiencing upper abdominal pain

Compassionate care, close to home

The Wesley EmergencyCare Network includes four emergency rooms throughout the greater-Wichita area offering excellent care from our board-certified team of ER doctors for all medical emergencies.

Please call 911 in the case of a medical emergency or if you are unable to make it to the emergency room.

Learn more about our health services or contact us at (316) 962-2000 for more questions.